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IUCN Red List assessment


Conservation Needs Assessment

Boophis baetkei ,   /
Assessed for:  Madagascar   on: 20 Oct 2015   by: Jörn Köhler  
Assessment Status: Completed  
Order:   Anura     Family:   Mantellidae

IUCN Global Red List:   Critically Endangered (CR)   
IUCN National Red List:   (not assessed)   
Distribution:     Madagascar  
Evolutionary Distinctiveness score:   24.62979596 
Recommended Conservation Actions:   Rescue  , In Situ Conservation  , In Situ Research  , Biobanking   
Additional Comments:    

Question #Short NameQuestion TextResponseComments
1 Extinction risk Current IUCN Red List category. [Data obtained from the IUCN Red List.] Unknown Its only known locality, the Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve, is legally protected but under heavy pressure, resulting in logging and agriculture within the reserve area (D'Cruze et al. 2008). For these reasons (extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km2,all individuals are in only one location, and there is heavy decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat), B. baetkei should be considered as "Endangered" according to IUCN criteria
2 Possibly extinct Is there a strong possibility that this species might be extinct in the wild? Yes
3 Phylogenetic significance The taxon’s Evolutionary Distinctiveness (ED) score, as generated by the ZSL EDGE program. (These data are not editable by Assessors). Unknown
4 Protected habitat Is a population of at least 50% of the individuals of the taxon included within a well-managed or reliably protected area or areas? Yes / probably Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve, is legally protected but under heavy pressure, resulting in logging and agriculture within the reserve area (D'Cruze et al. 2008). D'CRUZE, N., J. KÖHLER, M. FRANZEN & F. GLAW (2008): A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d'Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. Madagascar Conservation & Development 3 (1): 44–54.
5 Habitat for reintroduction, conservation translocation or supplementation Does enough well-managed and reliably protected habitat exist, either within or outside of currently protected areas that is suitable for conservation translocation, including population restoration or conservation intoduction? Yes / probably Currently yes, but the habitat is continously atered.
6 Previous reintroductions Have reintroduction or translocation attempts been made in the past for this species? Yes / probably
7 Threat mitigation Are the threats facing the taxon, including any new and emerging threats not considered in the IUCN Red List, potentially reversible? Threats unlikely to be reversed in time to prevent further decline / extinction As far known, tiny range, microendemic. Heavy and ongoing degradation in Foret d'Ambre Reserve. No efficient protection of habitat of the species.
8 Over-collection from the wild Is the taxon suffering from collection within its natural range, either for food, for the pet trade or for any other reason, which threatens the species’ continued persistence in the wild? No / unlikely To current knowledge not in trade.
9 Population recovery Is the known population of this species in the wild large enough to recover naturally, without ex situ intervention if threats are mitigated? Unknown Unknown, but likely the existing population can recover naturally under certain preconditions.
10 Biological distinctiveness Does the taxon exhibit, for example, a distinctive reproductive mode, behaviour, aspect of morphology or physiology, within the Order to which it belongs (e.g. Anura, Passeriformes etc.)? No aspect of biology known to be exceptional
11 Cultural/socio-economic importance Does the taxon have a special human cultural value (e.g. as a national or regional symbol, in a historic context, featuring in traditional stories) or economic value (e.g. food, traditional medicine, tourism) within its natural range or in a wider global context? No
12 Scientific importance Is the species vital to current or planned research other than species-specific ecology/biology/conservation? (e.g. human medicine, climate change, environmental pollutants and conservation science), within the Order to which it belongs (e.g. Anura, Passeriformes etc.)? No research dependent on this species
13 Ex situ research Does conserving this species (or closely related species) in situ depend upon research that can be most easily carried out ex situ? No Very little is known on the biology of this species. Only two male specimens known. But conservation of habitat would first be the correct measure to conserve this species.
14 Husbandry analog Do the biological and ecological attributes of this species make it suitable for developing husbandry regimes for more threatened related species? i.e. could this species be used in captivity to help to develop husbandry and breeding protocols which could be used for a similar, but more endangered species at a later stage? No
15 Captive breeding Has this species been successfully bred and/or maintained in captivity? Not held in captivity to date
16 Conservation education/ecotourism potential Is the species especially diurnal, active or colourful, or is there an interesting or unusual aspect of its ecology that make it particularly suitable to be an educational ambassador for conservation of the species in the range country, either in zoos or aquariums or within ecotourism activities? No Nocturnal. One of the many green treefrogs of Madagascar.
17 Mandate Is there an existing conservation mandate recommending the ex situ conservation of this taxon? No
18 Range State approval If an ex situ initiative was proposed for this species, would it be supported (and approved) by the range State (either within the range State or out-of-country ex situ)? No / unlikely
19 Founder specimens Are sufficient animals of the taxon available or potentially available (from wild or captive sources) to initiate an ex situ program, if one was recommended? Unknown Research into availability of founders needs to be prioritised.
20 Taxonomic status Has a complete taxonomic analysis of the species in the wild been carried out, to fully understand the functional unit you wish to conserve (i.e. have species limits been determined)? Yes Species identification by integrative taxonomic approach. KÖHLER, J., F. GLAW
21 In situ conservation activities Are any in situ conservation actions currently in place for this species? (Only required if a Red List Assessment has not been completed, or if new actions have been implemented since the last Red List Assessment. (Information from the Conservation Actions section of the Red List assessment should be reviewed and considered when answering this question.).
22 In situ research Is additional in situ research required to better understand the species, e.g. distribution, population trends, natural history etc.? Population size, distribution, natural history
23 Action plans Does an Action Plan for the species already exist, or is one currently being developed?
24 Ex situ conservation activities Is any ex situ research or other ex situ conservation action currently in place for this species? (Information from the Conservation Actions section of the Red List assessment should be reviewed and considered when answering this question.)
25 Husbandry analog required If an ex situ rescue program is recommended for this species, would an analog species be required to develop husbandry protocols first?
26 In situ conservation activities Are additional in situ conservation actions (e.g. habitat restoration and/or protection, control of invasive species, national legislation etc.) required to help conserve this species in the wild? Improved management of Foret d'Ambre Special Reserve